NHL Friday Live Thread

Now that Christmas Is Over, Enjoy Some Hockey Tonight! [NHL Live Thread]

12/27/13 in NHL   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Hello out there in FanIQ Land and welcome to the Q NHL Pregame Show!  We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and got everything you wanted.  I'm joined tonight by Jess and Debi, my co-hostesses with the mostesses!  We've got 10 games on tap, and every last one is a division matchup.  From Boston to DC to Phoenix, and everywhere in between...IIIIT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT in North America!
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The 3 of us are here to give you some analysis and our pick for each of the 10 games on the schedule for this evening.  We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there, you know what to do.  Hop on the Q Train as we get ready to embark on a 10-city tour across the US and Canada...ALL ABOARD!

We begin in Boston where the Bruins play host to the Senators.
Jess: I've gotta go with the Bruins here
Debi: as much as I would love to see Ottawa win this, I don't think it is in the cards for them tonight.
BK: I'm going to take the Sens just because...still refuse to pick Boston.
Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins: 7:00 PM ET - RDS, SportsNet East, NESN

Next it's off to Newark where the Devils welcome the Blue Jackets.
Jess: This will be a better game than years past, I think. But, I think NJ will win.
Debi: I've been quite happy to watch the Blue Jackets play the odd time I've been able to.  I think they will definitely give the Devils a run for the money, and I think they will even win it.
BK: I really want to pick Columbus, but I just don't see it.  Devils should win this, but I'll be very happy if they don't.
Columbus Blue Jackets @
New Jersey Devils: 7:00 PM ET - FSN Ohio, MSG+

We head to our Nation's Capital next where the Rangers and Caps face off in what could be a great game.
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Jess: Yikes. The Caps will probably win this, but the Rangers are strong in net, regardless of who's between the pipes. I hate to go against NYR, but I'm not sure they'll pull this one off.
Debi: Caps, just cuz.
BK: My heart says Rangers, my brain says Caps...I'm taking the home team for this one at Verizon Center...sigh.
New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals: 7:00 PM ET - MSG 2, CSN Washington

Let's hightail it out of DC and keep heading south to Raleigh where the Pens face the Staal brothers.
Jess: The Penguins are obviously the superior team here, even though they've fallen hard a couple of times recently. Gotta go with Pittsburgh.
Debi: I gotta take the Hurricanes, sorry Bryan!
BK: It's okay Debi, I'm still taking the Pens.  That 5-0 shutout up in Ottawa ticked them off and they'll be taking out their frustrations out on Cam Ward tonight.
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Carolina Hurricanes: 7:00 PM ET - ROOT Pittsburgh, FSN Carolinas

From NC we head north of the border to Toronto where the Leafs face off against the Sabres.
Jess: Aww the poor Sabres. Gotta take the Leafs here.
Debi: Toronto seems to have snapped out of it, somewhat.  I think they win tonight.
BK: Just because I can, I'm going to take Buffalo for my upset pick of the night.
Buffalo Sabres @ Toronto Maple Leafs: 7:30 PM ET - TSN, MSG Buffalo

Back into the states we go for our next game, Windy City it is for the Hawks and Avs.
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Jess: Go Avs! This will be a fun one, if Colorado brings their game.
Debi: I'm taking the Avs here.
BK: Game of the night right here, and Colorado seems to give the Hawks fits.  I'm going with the road team here as well but it will be a nail biter right down to the wire.
Colorado Avalanche @ Chicago Blackhawks: 8:00 PM ET - Altitude, CSN Chicago

Let's head back into Canada where the Jets will meet up with the Wild.
Jess: I never pick the Jets...well, rarely. I'm going with them here, just because I'm "meh" on the Wild.
Debi: Oh this could be a decent game! Jets win it at home.
BK: Hmm...what Debi said!  The Wild are a completely different team on the road as opposed to at home.
Minnesota Wild @ Winnipeg Jets: 8:00 PM ET - FSN North, TSN Jets

We're going down to Big D for our next battle between the Stars and Predators.
Jess: GO PREDS!
Debi: Jess's hatred of the Stars is rubbing of on me.  Plus it's Christi's team.  Gotta take the Preds.
BK: Blood is thicker than water...Preds win.
Nashville Predators @ Dallas Stars: 8:30 PM ET - FSN Tennessee, FSN Southwest

Debi's Flames host the Oilers for our next stop.
Jess: I know both of these teams have struggled this year, but from what I usually get to catch of the Flames, they're better than their record shows. I've gotta go with our co-hostess's team for moral support.
Debi: The Oilers are only going to fuel the Flames!!! (oh that was bad) but the Battle of Alberta, and I miss the first two periods.  Flames will prevail
BK: Even though my co-host likes to pick against my team, I'm still in the Christmas spirit and will pick her Flames to win this one tonight. wink
Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames: 9:00 PM ET - SportsNet West

Our night cap takes us to the desert southwest where the Coyotes and Sharks will clash in Phoenix.
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Jess: Gah. Eenie...meenie...miney (coin flip) - Sharks.
Debi: Coyotes it is.
BK: Ohhh Mikey, you gave a nice Christmas present to the Sabres in Buffalo on Monday night.  I don't think that will happen again, Phoenix wins this one on home ice.
San Jose Sharks @ Phoenix Coyotes: 9:00 PM ET - CSN California, KTVK

As always, this is your place to come to talk (or bitch) about the game(s) you're watching tonight.  While you figure out what you want to return, join us in the comments below.  Let's get this party started, and remember, if you're going to regift something you received, don't give it to the person who gave it to you.  That's just tacky.

BK over and out
 
 
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12/28/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7347 respect

I'm watching the replay of the Pit-Carolina game, which is nice b/c it's replayed w/o commercials or intermissions.  And I get to look at Sidney Crosby heart.  And at least someone in my family's team won today.  wink

12/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

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12/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Got home to see final period of the Battle of Alberta.  Calgary goal was not allowed and Edmonton has the lead with 16 minutes and change left in the third.

12/27/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Wow, happy birthday Patrick Sharp!  He has the HT for the Hawks and they have the touchdown on the Avs, it's 7-1.

12/27/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7347 respect

GGGOOOAAALLL!!!  Klein ties it up, but not for flipping long. frown

12/27/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

The real deal, James Neal, wins it for the Pens in OT!

12/27/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Whoa Pens, 3-2 lead suddenly!  Joe Vitale may get this goal, and there's less than 7 minutes to go in the 3rd period as they take their first lead of the night.

12/27/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Meanwhile, the Wild and Jets are having a crazy one.  It's 4-3 and there's been 4 lead changes...and they just finished the first period!

12/27/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Looks like the Pens are starting into a mid-season slump with all these injuries.  I'd much rather be without the star players now instead of in mid-March when everyone is making the playoff push.

12/27/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7347 respect

I'm loving the Preds love coming out of you guys tonight.  Hopefully they'll feel it, too, and clobber the Stars.